Help with Fantasy Novel Writing

These articles on fantasy book writing is written by two of four fantasy authors that help you every week to learn how to write a novel and get published.

This first bit is a little advice from Misty Massey:

Are critique groups any good for helping you develop as a writer?

Several years ago, I was lucky enough to join a writing critique group. I’ve mentioned it before, as has Faith (’cause she was there, too.) Once a week, we met in a member’s home, and read five pages of our works-in-progress. Over time, we grew into a highly functional group, who could not only give useful, constructive criticism, but who could also take it criticism in the spirit in which it was offered. I developed a thick skin in those days, one that has served me well in dealing with the professional publishing world. A good writing group is a beautiful thing. A lousy one can chase people away from writing forever.

Now read something by Faith Hunter:

Bait and Hook

Let’s say I don’t have mega-luck on my side. What can I do to make my chances of a first-book-sale better?

Last week I blogged on the reason why a first book by UnPub usually has to be so much better than the bestseller by Author X, Y or Z. Question four I left hanging so I could devote a bit more time to it. And it was…

Let’s say I don’t have mega-luck on my side. What can I do to make my chances of a first-book-sale better?

The answer is – a lot! It’s a writing (and advertising) device called Bait and Hook. Not Bait and Switch, which a lot of writers (and stores) try, but Bait and Hook. And yeah – think advertising.

Example: Kim Harrison. Not name dropping here (maybe a little) but she has a great story. (Jump in here, Misty, anytime!) I was a member of a writers group at the time and was mentoring Kim and several other writers. This was back in my work-butt-off-phase of life which I have thankfully left behind, at least a bit.

I was also in charge of putting together the mystery author and agent panel for a prestigious writing conference. I had already met (via Internet) the agent I wanted her, and other the writers in the group, to have. I asked him to come to the event. Kim and all the writers’ group were all invited. Mind you – Kim had already written a query to this guy and he rejected her. He met her, liked her blurb, and asked for the manuscript. He read it on the way home from the event and signed her. Well, he asked for a monumental rewrite, but when she delivered, he signed her. And the rest of history.

Read the rest of this article titled bait and hook plus read many other posts by four authors that have published over 40 books between them. They are giving out fantastic advice on a weekly basis. They are professional writers after all.

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